Much was said about Sporting’s Champions League campaign and how well they played against the 3 other sides in their group. Home and away against Maribor, Chelsea and Schalke they performed very well and gave a fantastic account of themselves in each game. Their games were very entertaining, too, as you weren’t far away from a bundle of goals and even some controversy. They really were a breath of fresh air in the group stages of the Champions League and they showed that they can perform on the big stage. Continue reading
Things are starting to heat up in this transfer window that has been largely uneventful. Maybe it will become more interesting if any of these rumors become a reality.
Sporting to Everton?
According to reports coming out of Portugal, Everton are very interested in signing Adrien Silva, who is currently on loan from Sporting Lisbon at Academica. Silva has been in rampant form this season for Academica, and his performances have not gone unnoticed. Everton boss David Moyes was in the stands yesterday during the Academica vs Vitoria Guimaraes match, with Silva most likely the reason for his trip. A move is unlikely, however, as Silva’s release clause at Sporting is set at 20 million, and Everton are typically a cash-strapped club.
Sporting to PSG?
Sporting right-back Joao Pereira is reportedly a target for French billionaire club PSG. Inter Milan right-back Maicon is said to be their primary target, but if a 15 million pound move for him does not materialize, the French club may look to either Pereira or Porto right-back Jorge Fucile.
Sertanense to Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Monaco, or Porto?
Many don’t recognize the name Diogo Ribeiro. There is no reason to. Now, however, Ribeiro is the top scorer in the equivalent of the third division in Portugal. The striker has bagged nine goals so far this season, and that tally has not gone unnoticed. Representatives from Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Monaco, and Porto were all present at the team’s last match, with Ribeiro their intended target.
Porto to Mariselle or Bologna (loan)?
Porto outcast (kind-of) Sivestre Varela is looking for a way out of the club. The winger was an integral part of the team that won virtually everything last season, but this season has been the polar opposite. Under new coach Vitor Pereira, Varela has been pushed into the shadows, and with talk of another winger, Yannick Djalo, joining the club, his playing time looked even more threatened. Though the Yannick move has not materialized, Varela is still looking out. Marsielle and Bologna are both interested in taking the player on loan.
PAOK to Wolfsburg? Yeah, probably
According to reports coming out of everywhere, PAOK winger Vieirinha has completed a move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg pending a medical. On their website, PAOK made a one-sentence announcement that said that Vieirinha has signed for the German team. Reports coming out of Portugal believe the fee to be around 4.5, 1.3 of which goes to Porto because of a future transfer clause. This move comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever watched or followed the Greek league. Vieirinha has been voted the league’s best player twice in a row, and his performances in the Europa League have silenced any doubters. According to the winger’s agent, the contract runs for 3.5 years.
Former Porto, Werder Bremen, and Juventus midfielder Diego has laid heaps of praise on Portugal National Team and Werder Bremen striker Hugo Almeida. Diego, who currently plays for Wolfsburg, is glad that Almeida is not to play when Wolfsburg and Bremen meet this weekend. “Hugo Almeida is one of the best strikers in the league,” stated the Brazilian. Almeida is currently under speculation regarding a move away from Bremen this winter, with Lazio, Juventus, and Real Madrid all interested.
It has been a busy few days in terms of Portuguese player transfers. So, lets get started, shall we….
The Portuguese international, who was recently included in Portugal’s World Cup squad, has enjoyed a decent half-season for French powerhouse Lille, where he moved to from Wolfsburg in January. He will join Valencia on July 1, although if Portugal make it far enough in the World Cup, he may be joining them later. Costa will be the third Portuguese player on Valencia’s books, the others being Manuel Fernandes and Miguel.
Portuguese midfielder Maniche recently rescinded his contract with German outfit Koln, who he joined lat summer after having been released by Atletico Madrid. Since joining, he has enjoyed varying degrees of success, but overall has had a season to forget. His reason for leaving? Besides the German media pouncing on every mistake he commits, his kids don’t enjoy their school. So, Maniche looks to move back to Portugal, namely Sporting, to rediscover what happiness feels like, and if you look at how he played for Porto, this move may be VERY good for him.
Portuguese U-21 international Fabio Faria has met up with the club that he will be representing next season, Benfica, for a tournament in Canada and the United States.
Portuguese international Deco has recently stated that he looks to move back to his country of birth (Brazil) in order to finish his career where it started. Fluminese were said to be interested, but have opted out due to his high salary, so Sporting are now said to be interested in the midfielder. Although this move looks improbable, if Sporting actually do sign him along with Maniche and Ze Castro, both of whom they are linked with, then we may see a skilled team next season.
As the transfer window slowly comes to a close, there is still much news to report involving Portuguese transfers. Here is the important stuff I could find:
Pedro Mendes moves to Sporting
After what feels like years of negotiations, Pedro Mendes has put pen-to-paper on a 2 and a half year deal. The Portuguese international has recently been out of action for Rangers due to an injury picked up in the Champions League. Pedro Mendes was one of Rangers highest paid players, so this move is an important one for Sporting.
Inter Drop Fernandes Interest
Manuel Fernandes, who has recently been recovering from a leg injury, was thought to have moved to Inter Milan on a loan deal. Evidently, all of the specifics of the move were ironed out, and all that was left was the routine medical. It appears as if Fernandes’s leg hasn’t quite healed enough, so the deal fell through. His presentation was planned out and ready to go, but it was subsequently cancelled. The Valenica midfielder is actively seeking a starting position for this summer’s World Cup, and was hoping that a move would secure that hope.
Ricardo Costa to Lille
Portuguese international defender Ricardo Costa has transfered from German champions Wolfsburg to Ligue 1 side Lille. Lille are enjoying a splendid season, currently sitting third in the French League. Costa’s playing time has slowly been dwindling, so in hopes to renew interest from Carlos Queiroz, and to gain some more playing time, he has moved to France.
Stanislas Oliveira to Blackburn?
In a few very peculiar stories, I learned that Portuguese under – 21 international Stanislas Oliveira has moved from Ligue 2 side Sedan to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers for a estimated 500,000 pound fee. I find this hard to believe, but I guess anything is possible in this wonderful sport.